If you thought women were doing better in IT these days, you'd be wrong. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) says that since 2006 the number of women in board and leadership roles in the IT industry has actually declined.
What can women do to overcome what still appears to be a significant barrier? And what can employers do to help?
In this week's Patch Monday, Stilgherrian speaks with three women in senior IT roles about their experiences. From global firm BMC Software, Joely Scott-Thomas is the regional sales manager for ANZ, and Sandrina Branton is the southern region sales manager. Kate Carruthers is a marketer, technologist and educator with extensive experience in senior IT roles with organisations like GE, Westfield and State Treasury. She's currently a strategy consultant with Hyro, the internet and new media developer.
Amongst their suggestions are that women join some of the IT-related networking groups:
- Females in Information Technology & Telecommunication, which was established in 1989 to encourage and support women in ITC.
- Aussie Chix, which is the Australian regional chapter of LinuxChix
- Girl Geeks Sydney, which is a group of like-minded women in tech who want to get to know other women in tech, they also run Girl Geek Dinners in Sydney.
Plus we have Stilgherrian's usual idiosyncratic look at the week's IT news headlines.
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Running time: 25 minutes, 11 seconds